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Running Wide Open (Full Throttle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Nowak
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the inside of a combustion chamber, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.

“The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.”

- Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance


Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Webfoot Publishing; First edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KNJ4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,706 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About So Much More Than Just a Boy August 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I rarely read books with male leads or narrators, but this one has a female mechanic in it so I decided to give it a go. Though it was a bit too much testosterone for me at times, it is an enjoyable read.

Cody is 15 and a juvie... and he is an ungrateful brat. I didn't like him at first.. but as the story unfolds, I could see WHY he is the way he is.. full of anger, insolent, disrespectful, ungrateful, bitter. His family has made him that way. His mother is a nightmare, his father a wuss, and his grandparents are no better. So when the you know what hits the fan, nobody wants him and he goes to live with his uncle, Race, who's very into stock car racing. (He's got the lady mechanic.)

Funny thing I noticed.. When Cody gets his life together, his mom decides she wants him back. Hmph.

I'm not going to go on and on about the plot, but I will say there is more to this than appears at first glance. It's the story of a boy and his teenage angst and anger (I did get a bit tired of this at times. Simply not my thing.) and about family learning to accept each other and also about admitting you love someone and even allowing yourself to love someone. And then there is a story of determination, an injured man who wants to race again.. It's about pulling yourself up from the dirt, brushing yourself off, and getting back on that horse.

Four stars. It was very well written and thought I didn't always like Cody and his attitude, I did appreciate his sarcasm and sense of humor. He's a funny kid.

Favorite quote: "Everyone makes a bad decision now and again. Only time it gets to be a problem is when you don't admit to it and set things right."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked June 6, 2012
By Recie
Format:Paperback
Although I've never been interested in stock cars or racing, this book kept me reading all hours of the night. It also left me a great deal of respect and fair bit of knowledge about what goes on inside mechanic's garages. . and heads.
The characters moved out of the pages and into my life as I followed them through the book. I'll be in line for the next book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Wide Open is a Captivating Book For All August 11, 2011
By Cari J
Format:Kindle Edition
It doesn't matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart. Although the book is set in a racing mileu, the main story line is about a bond that forms and fluorishes between a rebellious teen nephew and his loving uncle. As a person who has grown up around racing, I can appreciate how the common interest in racing can draw otherwise very diverse groups of people into a very close and tight knit community. I highly recommend this book, and I am eagerly awaiting its sequel!
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the first page January 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't appreciate books that contain swearing and lewd references, especially on the first page. This may be a good book, but it certainly isn't written for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting to read a followup story. December 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Aimed at a teen reader but the characters will draw reader of any age into the story. Older reader might find it overly simplistic, as with most any book meant for teens, but still most likely will find themselves wanting to know what happens to the characters after the book ends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Family and Discovering Yourself October 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes teens do crazy things that get them in trouble. Growing up, finding oneself, is difficult, especially when a kid has little or no family support. As a result of one wild moment, the teen may find himself at a crossroads, with few choices.

In author Lisa Nowak's young adult novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN Cody, caught in a prank painting a wall of the zoo with his friends, has to make a decision that will change his life forever. When the police let Cody go, his dad gives him two choices: military school or live with Race's mother's black sheep brother, Race, an artist and race car driver. Some choice, huh? His mother left them long ago. He never could please her anyway. Even though he doesn't know Race, he chooses to live with Race, the best decision he's ever made in his life, though he doesn't realize it at the time. Cody has an attitude, and their relationship is rocky at first. Two single guys trying to adjust to a life together makes for a tender story of giving, taking, forgiving, and forgetting. I don't want to give anything away, but Cody and Race each go through their own discovery of who they really are.

The author gives a lot of fascinating information about the auto racing world in RUNNING WIDE OPEN. Knowing nothing about cars and the men/women that drive them, I enjoyed learning what racing is all about, the people involved and how they think of each other as competitors and as friends. Ms. Nowak's novel should be a hit not only with the racing crowd, but with others like me who enjoy a good story. Also, the gentle romance between Race and Kasey will appeal to readers who like a little love in a story. I recommend the novel for junior high and high school libraries. You'll also want to add this book to your personal library. I'm looking forward to reading GETTING SIDEWAYS, the next book in the series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young man learns compassion, love and trust. September 19, 2012
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A recalcitrant young man, made cynical by parents that cared more about themselves than their son, finds guidance in an unlikely place. Forced to move in with his uncle, the main character (a 15 year old kid) discovers that regardless of how many of his old games he plays, he will be met only with understanding, respect and love. After a serious accident to the uncle, the young man realizes how important his uncle has become and how much his guidance has taught him.
A poignant tale of growing up and learning to trust. A very worthwhile book to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Such a wonderful story. Great plot and well written. Refreshing topic. Kept me riveted and never let me down. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Published 22 hours ago by Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Awesome book
I really thought that the description didn't do this book justice. I LOVED it and so did my 12 yr old boy. Read more
Published 1 day ago by snowghost
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Rage and Stock Cars
Want to peer into the psyche of a 15-year-old "at-risk" bookworm? Nowak's "Full Throttle" series takes the reader into that universe through the poignant,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Aylworth
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting read
The author is full of surprises, this book is well written with a good story line. Don't miss out on reading this one, I recommend you read it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by teresa caperton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
Not my typical genre, but the author did an amazing job o bringing the characters to life. Nothing revolutionary in terms of plot, but sufficient for the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ty L
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read if you like books about cars or you are a Moorhead..
I gave the book a five star rating because I really enjoyed the book a lot. I have been looking for a book that captured my interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by javitrackstar 95
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I came across this book while researching juvenile fiction. I'm working on a project. I don't actually like juvenile fiction. I couldn't put this down! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by D. L. Yuen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Yes, the story line has certainly got tread marks all over it but the author brings a lovely perspective to the whole thing and I much enjoyed reading through the series.
Published 3 months ago by Alfred D. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars it's good
It's good I like it a lot I read it a lot 😃😃😃😃 Fun book ya haha I love it
Published 3 months ago by hdfbbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Most racing oriented books either focus too hard on the technical side, leaving the story flat and uninteresting, or don't capture the grit and intensity of local stock car racing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lynn annandale
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More About the Author

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she'd use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

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